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Torsten's playa bike

Bay Area-based honorary Get Founder Torsten was recently featured in an online article about playa bikes:


TORSTEN HASSELMANN (12 years at Burning Man)
Origin of bike:
I built and welded it and myself out of the town dump when I lived in Wyoming. Among other things the handlebars used to be a shopping cart frame.
Accessories: Minimal, just the bike here, though I used to enjoy EL (electroluminescent) wire so I put some on the bars for lighting back in 2004 and still use it to not get run over.
Advice for last minute bike builders: Start earlier next time and make it fun for everybody.
Tips for riding on the Playa: Keep it upright.
Most important in a Burner bike: Hopefully it’s not just fun for you, but brightens other peoples’ experience as well.

More profiles at http://www.7x7.com/fitness-outdoors/burner-bike-diy-tips-playa-pros

Introducing Moontroll's 2010 Burning Man/Get Found 2010 videos (double-feature!)



We're back....

We have succeeded in upgrading our website software and restoring the past 4 years of blog posts here on dBM. Hooray! Working on this fix, I realized how much good storytelling this dBM blog does of the past several burns: who we camped with, what projects we worked on, hurdles we faced and conquered and the larger Burner culture that informs and inspires us. Glad to have it working again, and with the new software, we’re going to be able to do some cool redesigning and adding new features over the coming months. Thanks for tuning in friends -- join us on our new group page on Facebook, drop us a line at [email protected] and feel free to make a donation to the ongoing development of dBM via Paypal in the sidebar.

Gone to Burning Man

Thursday, August 26, 8:02 am...leaving for Black Rock City: Bend, OR tonight, Gerlach, NV tomorrow and on through the portal Friday afternoon....excited to see my Get Found tribe and all the beautiful Burners.....over & out!

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Introducing Camp Get Found : version 2.0.6



Name (playa or otherwise): Steve, TooTall, still searching for a playa name

Where is home right now?: Grew up in Seattle, moved to Portland after college, now reside in San Diego.

Years burned: 09, 10

Favorite drinks: beer aficionado , Double IPAs, Tripel and Quadrupel Belgians, Vodka-Anythings

Favorite use/form of bacon: garnish in a sweet dark Belgian beer, like Malheur 12, also deep fried bacon with a side of bacon

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: most electronica, stadium djs, dub step, etc... see Coachella and Electric Daisy Music Festival (LA)

General outlook/philosophy on life: Love one another... enjoy what time we have together

Favorite memories from Burns past: meditation in the temple... Bassnectar... and the Teeter Totter of Death

Most looking forward to: meeting up with burning friends again, soul cleansing, fire, wandering, levitation

Intentions for the Burn: combine forces with others to create a better tomorrow, engineer the future



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Name (playa or otherwise): Bandit

Where is home right now?: Renow

Years burned: Trifecta

Favorite drinks: Kool-Aid, OJ, H20

Favorite use/form of bacon: On a Manwich

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: Live Electronic

General outlook/philosophy on life: Livin the Journey

Favorite memories from Burns past: Getting Found

Most looking forward to: Meeting peeps, Playa at night

Intentions for the burn: Expanding, Reflecting, Adventure

Introducing Camp Get Found : version 2.0.5



Name (playa or otherwise): Gabriella, GabriBella, Gloria, Love Angel

Hometown (where is home right now?): ooh, don't get me started... but I do pay rent in Portland so let's just leave it at that!

Years burned: This is my 6th, I think?

Favorite drinks: Water, Coconut Water, Fruit Smoothies, Hot Chocolate (with or without alkyhol), Mochas (same same), and pretty much anything someone is willing to pour into my cup.

Favorite use/form of bacon: In my mouth. I also recently tried bacon chocolate.... mmmmm!

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: You mean besides me? Anything that moves me in the moment.

General outlook/philosophy on life: Follow your heart and trust that all is as it should be.

Favorite memories from Burns past: Drunk Kissing Angel Day, riding the Orgasmatron, singing and dancing around a fire til sunrise, building the temple last year, sex in a hammock, becoming a hug angel, being awed by what humans can create.

Most looking forward to: whatever may come!

Intentions for the Burn: Continued lowering of inhibitions, continued sharing of songs, hugs, love, laughter, and joy, being open to whatever (or whoever?) may come!



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Name (playa or otherwise): Hekter McElliot, Johnny Buckskin and many more.

Hometown (where is home right now?): Sebastopol, CA

Years burned: 2006,2007,2008,2009

Favorite drinks: Coconut milk, huckleberry mojitos, bloody mary and nectar in it’s many forms.

Favorite use/form of bacon: massage tool

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: wimpy, bassy, make ya squirm in your trousers kind of beats.

General outlook/philosophy on life: laughter and not so serious bout’ stuff…

Favorite memories from Burns past: old friends, new friends, flame, heat, cucumber eyeglasses, wig reunion tours, Yovanduh my mental secretary field notes.

Most looking forward to: Enjoying life on many levels, polar bear awareness seminars, clubbing seals, arctic fox foundation funraiser

Intentions for the Burn: Promote longevity through laughter. Many intentions but too small of a keyboard to go on

Hometown (where is home right now?): Sebastopol, CA

Years burned: 2006,2007,2008,2009

Favorite drinks: Coconut milk, huckleberry mojitos, bloody mary and nectar in it’s many forms.

Favorite use/form of bacon: massage tool

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: wimpy, bassy, make ya squirm in your trousers kind of beats.

General outlook/philosophy on life: laughter and not so serious bout’ stuff…

Favorite memories from Burns past: old friends, new friends, flame, heat, cucumber eyeglasses, wig reunion tours, Yovanduh my mental secretary field notes.

Most looking forward to: Enjoying life on many levels, polar bear awareness seminars, clubbing seals, arctic fox foundation funraiser

Intentions for the Burn: Promote longevity through laughter. Many intentions but too small of a keyboard to go on



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Introducing Camp Get Found : version 2.0.4



Name (playa or otherwise): Leah, Heilanilou, PeleKit'N

Where is home right now?: Born: Aberdeen, WA; Ancestrally: Kauai, HI; Currently: Inside Passage, AK

Years burned: 2009, 2010 and intending 2011-2015

Favorite drinks: home-brewed chai, kombucha, madras and Domaine J Lawrens Champagne

Favorite use/form of bacon: Garnish in a bloody Mary

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: the kind that opens your heart, elevates your mind or shakes your ass

General outlook/philosophy on life: don't believe me, don't believe yourself, don't believe anyone else.

Favorite memories from Burns past: be here NOW

Most looking forward to: making space, making changes, making art, making beauty, making friends, making bacon... And excessive opportunities for spiritual fire :)


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Namesss (playa or otherwise): Orbit, Mary Poppins, Bruce, Cathy aka Will

Hometown (where is home right now?): Portland, Bitches!!

Years burned: 2007 (Green Man), 2008 (American Dream), 2009 (Evolution), 2010 (Metrosexopolis)

Favorite drinks: Water, Twilight ale, Special hot chocolate, whiskey, Tequila,

Favorite use/form of bacon: Sometimes I drink my bacon straight, or on the rocks with a splash of branch water. Other times I like it mixed with some sweet treat; chocolate, cinnamon roll etc. Really, just give me some bacon. Now.

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: Ana Sia, Tipper, Heyoka, Bluetech, blah blah blah...

General outlook/philosophy on life: No more snooze button!

Favorite memories from Burns past: Sunrise set with unknown rad DJ giving hug lessons to everyone that passed. Sunrise across the walk in camping area with interpretive dances. Driving out the gate onto open playa on Tuesday. Bunnies are people too. Thespian endeavours with flamboyant decoy ducks. Meeting...

Most looking forward too: Bringing myself to the playa in full regalia and power. Being open to what is in front of and inside of me. Dancing to the hottest DJ ever (A.S.). Pouring people hot chocolate. Eating Bacon with Bruce and Spencer. Hangin out with all of YOU!!!

Intentions for the Burn: Presence, groundedness and centeredness balanced by distraction, airiness and orbiting. Suspended between heaven and earth and embodying all of it. Continuing to refine a new reality for myself on playa sans my old love. Learning to love myself even more. Supporting those that surround me in their own journeys, prodding and nurturing, challenging and supporting. Clarifying my mission....



Introducing Camp Get Found : version 2.0.3



Name (playa or otherwise): Suga Cube, Sweet 'n' Low, maybe even Love Bomb

Where is home right now?: When I am not bouncing somewhere else I am with my Diojee in Taos, New Mexico.

Years burned: This will be my second and boy I had a great cherry-popping last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite drinks: Muppet blood and fairy nectar

Favorite use/form of bacon: Really you want me to choose one way ???????.mmmmmmmmmmmmm crispy bacon!! And yes it makes a fine swizzle stick in a blood muppet mary (we all use the whole muppet you know!!!!!!

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: Any kinda music that I can feel in my soul and makes something move!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whomp to World Beat to Funk to Reggae to Bluegrass to punk to old Franti to the Dead to the soul to the Rock..................

General outlook/philosophy on life: Magic happens- you just have to have the intention and be open to it!!!!!!!!!!! Love bombing is the way to go and if I can give back all I receive I am doing something right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And keep you creativity flowing whatever your art!

Favorite memories from Burns past: Wow once again favorite.............The magic "Team Love" night at the fire stage! The temple burn for sure, The tractor beam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Most looking forward to: HUGS, LOVE BOMBS, CUDDLE PUDDLES, Get found philosophy, listening, growing, connections new and old, opening up to everything even wider,art, dancing, bouncing, being back home on the playa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Intentions for the burn: To open my heart even wider, to be inspire by art and music, to be expand my family, to bounce even higher and higher!!!!!!!!!!!! And to LOVE BOMB as many as I can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Name (playa or otherwise): Scotty

Where is home right now?: I grew up in Seattle, spent many years in Steamboat Springs Colorado, and Taos is where my stuff is. I feel home almost wherever I am.

Years burned: 04, 09, 10

Favorite drinks: Water, coffee, beer (IPA, beers from Belgium, whatever someone hands me), coconut milk cacao smoothies and drinks with berries in them.

Favorite use/form of bacon:
Turtle burgers

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: I’m digging the
Destination Burning Man podcasts.

General outlook/philosophy on life: Enjoy life and be happy.Those are the most important thing you can do for the world.

Favorite memories from Burns past: “The Night” and doing energy work my first burn camping with the HeeBeeGeeBee Healers.

Most looking forward to: Playing on King Kong sized playground equipment, playing puppies and kittens, snuggles, kissing girls with bacon breath, singing and playing music, doing yoga and energy work, watching dreams overlap, and seeing YOU!

Intentions for the Burn: As always, I want to strengthen my connection with Spirit and the spirits of all I come into contact with.

Introducing Camp Get Found : version 2.0.2



Name (playa or otherwise): Moontroll, DJ Playaduster, DJ Fundi

Where is home right now?: Samish Island off the coast of the lower Skagit Valley; Bellingham too; all of the mossy westside of the Cascades feels like home.

Years burned: 2004, 2007, 2009

Favorite drinks: Mojitos, PBR & IPA, bourbon, Hekter's Nektarsauce with fresh fuckleberry sauce....

Favorite use/form of bacon: swizzle sticks and nipple lubrication

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: I dig a wide range of music, from whomp to world beat, bluegrass to jazz, Grateful Dead to classic funk and soul, and I post musical mixes featuring this kaleidoscope of sounds at
podcastcafe.org, destinationburningman.com/stuff/podcasts and soundcloud.com/moontrolling/tracks.

General outlook/philosophy on life: I choose love, value creativity and freedom of expression, and get high off of conscious community. I am also an advanced practitioner of
Bass Chakra Therapy.

Favorite memories from Burns past:
The Boogie Universal Pyramid Project experience from beginning to end, meditating during sunrises at the various Temples, DISORIENT microbeat dancing in deep playa, Torsten and the Zebracorn, "The Party Formerly Known as the Prince Party" and rolling Purple Palace with my boys, the double-rainbow, discovering Nectar and Glitch and the Crude Awakening madness of '07, Team Love in '09…..

Most looking forward to: taking it to the next level with Get Found, meeting new tribe with ChillVille, grooving to bone-rattling bass beneath the stars, solo explorations during the day, furthering the
Playa Portrait Project, Temple of Flux, loving on all the Burners!

Intentions for the burn: Fine-tuning the results of my hard work over the past year; practicing eye contact and deep listening; realizing the Pure Power of Potential; stepping out of my normal comfort zones to see what else is out there; letting go of the old and making room for the new.



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Name (playa or otherwise): Carla, Carl, Bun-Bun, Carls, Carlsbad, Hot Carl

Where is home right now?: Currently Seattle, but gypsying it for the next 2-3 months in California after the Burn! Im on a quest to find my new home!

Years burned: this is the 4th

Favorite drinks: Yerba Matte, Iced Americano w/ toffee and cream, top-shelf bourbon, Heffiwiezens, Tripples, Apricot Beers

Favorite use/form of bacon: On a french toast/egg/american cheese sandwhich, or those random times on the Playa when you REALLy need it and it just shows up in your lap. How about a limp-bacon-over-strategic-places photo shoot!

Favorite music/bands/styles of the moment: Ok, I'll break it down...
Drums: dubstep or hiphop
Bass: layered, thick, swampy, nasty, wobbely, whompy,
Melodies: Beautiful, twinkly, harmonic, ethereal, haunting, intellegent
Vocals: Conscious
For more about my musical tastes, I have a soundcloud with some songs Ive made (Im learning how to produce on Ableton) and current favorites of other artists..
www.soundcloud.com/dreamkitty

General outlook/philosophy on life: I am in process of writing a manifesto of sorts, a set of concepts that I feel are important...they are: Meaningful Work, Evolution of Consciousness, Embracing the Present Moment, Entheogenic Revolution, Healing the Gender Gap, Localizing and Community Building, and Sustainability and Permaculture.

Favorite memories from Burns past: Firedancing in conclave my first burn. Having a telepathic conversation with a stranger Sunday morning of my first burn. Watching smoke wizards come out of the burning Waffle in 2006. The first time I saw the Temple of Forgiveness up close. The talent show during the huge dust storm in the moving truck at Boogie Universal.

Most looking forward to:vSunday morning tears of joy. Rocking my new white leather UV led top/chaps outfit!!! FIYAH! Mo upgraded with my new Go-go girl pee funnel.

Intentions for the burn: Shedding old layers with ease. Releasing into my next ManifestinY with confidence and clarity. Strengthening connections with Family old and new..saying goodbye to the Pacific Northfresh and moving forward to where my heart is calling me... Following the flow. RAdiaTing love.

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Get Found in the Default World : Keeping the Flame Lit

From Seattle to San Francisco to Samish Island to Bellingham to the Oregon Coast, Camp Get Found has found a way to keep the love flowing post-Black Rock City. Keeping the flame lit indeed! So many good times, unforgettable, big lovins. Here are some highlights of our months since Burning Man 2009...many more when you click below (photos by Moontroll & Maketa). Viva la Team Love!





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